Edo State Government Locks Out Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu From Office Amid Rift With Obaseki | #NwokeukwuMascot
The Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu has been denied access to his office at the Government House in Benin, the state capital.
Shaibu had arrived at the Government House on Monday morning but met the gate leading to his office under lock and key.
According to him, he was yet to receive a formal letter from the governor’s office over the directive pertaining to his relocation to a new office.
“Up till now, I don’t have any official communication that I should relocate. As I am speaking to you now, I am standing by the gate,” he said in a video posted online.
Last week, a letter said to be from the office of the Head of Service, Anthony Okungbowa, was reported to have been sent to the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor directing Shuaibu to relocate to a new office.
The building used to be the office of the Edo State Public Procurement Office commissioned by a former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole, on December 16, 2014.
In fact, the plaque stating the commissioning date is etched by the entrance of the building.
A sign board with the inscription ‘Office of the Deputy Governor’ was placed at the entrance.
Workers were seen renovating the building and the compound, while renovation was yet to commence at the security post.
Over the past few weeks, Obaseki and Shaibu have been at loggerheads over issues pertaining to the alleged impeachment plot against the deputy governor.
In July, the deputy governor approached a Federal High Court in Abuja with a suit to prevent the plot.
However, the governor and the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Blessing Agbebaku, denied such move.
Obaseki subsequently accused Shaibu of orchestrating a plan to kick him out of office.
The governor further said he had become desperate to succeed him.